Needed some clarity on the Place-Mat process by Abraham as given in the book "Ask and it is Given"
I am clear that on the left side we need to write the list of things that we are very sure of doing and intend to do today.
But for the right side, should we be writing things that we want to experience today / things that we want the universe to give us today?
... Or ...
We should write the things that we ourselves intended to do but might not be able to because of paucity of time etc. or may be because we have too much to do.
Looking forward to your answers.
Thank you so much :)
It's the second option...on the right-hand side, you write everything that you cannot do today, don't feel like doing today or just don't know how to do today.
The process works because, in delegating all this stuff to the universe, you feel relief (allowing) on that particular topic you are now letting go of...and so those things seem to get magically done by themselves...often more quickly and efficiently than you would do them consciously :)
It doesn't necessarily mean those things will get done today but they will get done at the most opportune moment.
I find that the process usually works better if, in the moment of "handing it over to the universe", you get clear for a moment exactly what it is you are handing over.
For example, if you want to get your car washed today but don't have time and you have "car wash" written on your side of the list then, in delegating, change the wording to "find somewhere to get my car washed".
It's a subtle change but I find that the moment of clarity about what you really want (as though you are handing over the task to someone else) is helpful...otherwise the vagueness of the original task can result in you not even realizing that the universe has answered your request when it really has.
It occurred to me that for the sake of completeness of this answer, I should explain how I personally use the Place Mat process.
I tried for a few years (yes, years!) to figure out a way to apply the Place Mat process systematically with lots of different electronic prototypes but none of the ideas worked out in the long run.
Eventually, when I finally decided that it was simply not possible to come up with something workable and gave up, an inspired idea came to me. (Of course, I now know that the giving up was only the giving up of resistance to the answer).
The idea was simply this...
Don't pick and choose what to delegate to the universe to do. Instead, delegate everything by default and then just pick and choose what you really want to do that day.
It seems like a subtle distinction but it is actually a huge difference vibrationally. It means just to create lists of everything you ever want to be, do or have in your life and just do nothing about them...until you feel you want to :)
And, not long after that insight, I stumbled across someone online who had come to a similar conclusion, though from a completely non-metaphysical point of view.
So that's why I am a fan of Mark Forster's free time management systems...they are a variation of the Place Mat process that is highly effective in daily life.
The one I recommend you try initially is SuperFocus. Do it using paper first until you really understand it.
I doubt that Mark himself realizes the cleverness or importance of his time management approach from a metaphysical point of view (because that's not what he appears to be interested in) but you only need to try out the system for a few days to discover the effectiveness of it for yourself, and how many things on your list seem to get done by themselves :)
EDIT - Dec 2, 2016 - Clarifications about the Placemat Process
I noticed I made the following statement in the comments below this answer in 2012 about the Placemat Process...
In the years since writing that comment, I understand it is now inaccurate :)
Here's how I would probably rewrite that comment today...
What I'm saying now is that you don't need to specify clearly to the Universe what needs to be done...because all that specificity is already in your Vortex.
For example, you don't need to write on the Universe's task list that...
You can write instead....
...and that's it :)
That means the same thing to the Universe (and much more).
It's a subtle point but I still wanted to make it clear because it can be confusing. I know I've been confused by it in the past :)
The natural corollary to this point is that you also don't need to specify any sub-steps or sub-tasks to the Universe, such as...
By simply stating "Replace Car Tyres" and knowing that the entire task is already fully-specified in the Vortex in an incremental, blended fashion, it automatically means all sub-steps and sub-tasks are also already specified to the Universe.
In fact, if you get too specific about the steps, you can start creating resistance towards what you want because the Universe (Law of Attraction) may choose a different set of steps to reach your end-result...and you may mistakenly think something is going wrong when everything is fine.
The feeling of relief from the limiting belief of "I have too many things to do and I don't have time to do them", which is what the Placemat Process soothes, comes from two main sources...
Hope those clarifications are useful :)
Since you acknowledge that you have this gift, take your time with it. Don't over complicate the process. Know that you are what you seek, and it will find you. No time table, you must be patient, it will come in time. You are planting the seed, and then digging it up before it has time to blossom my friend.
answered 21 Mar '11, 07:12
The Knights Alchemy
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